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A Human Effigy is a restorative item and starting gift in Dark Souls II.

In-Game Description

A warm, soft, shadow-like effigy.
Use this item to reverse Hollowing.
It also weakens the links to other worlds, preventing invasions and most cooperation.
Peer closely at an effigy, and one begins to perceive a human form, but whose form it takes depends on the person looking.

General information[]

Restores the player back to human form, allowing their health bar to recover up to its maximum value and allowing the player to see and interact with summon signs.

Burning Human Effigies at bonfires temporarily decreases the player's world priority in the invasion selection process and disables the ability to summon other players except NPCs; this includes disabling the ability to use Cracked Blue Eye Orbs and Cracked Red Eye Orbs, but they can still place down their own summon sign to be summoned into other worlds. The effect allows players to perform various tasks in the location they burnt the effigy at, without having to worry about potential engagements by other players. This makes them ideal for when a player wishes to farm enemies for particular items, as well as preventing their summon signs from disappearing due to another player invading their world.

It takes 30 minutes for the burning of a Human Effigy to wear off, and once the duration has expired, the player will be able to be invaded by other players again, as well as summon friendly phantoms or dark spirits. This only applies to the area in which the effigy was burned, and the player must remain in that area for the effigy timer to count down; the player can end the effect prematurely by resting at the particular bonfire and selecting the "Nullify Human Effigy's Effect" option. Time spent outside the area will not reduce the timer, so it is advised to remain in the location for the duration of the effect if one does not wish to end it prematurely.

One Human Effigy must also be given to Darkdiver Grandahl for each attempt in the Dark Chasm of Old, until Darklurker is defeated.


Can be chosen as a starting gift.





  • Players receive one Human Effigy after successfully defeating another invading player; this counts for both NPC invaders and online invaders. Black Phantoms that do not have an invasion message, such as the one found above Mytha's fog gate, will not give Effigies, but instead drop a +5 variant of their gear.
  • Players will also receive a Human Effigy for defeating a player summoned into their world through the Red Sign Soapstone.


Effigies can be difficult to acquire, but they are not the only way to become human again. These things can also reverse Hollowing: